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How Big Does a SSD Need To Be For Windows 8.1?

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1

    How Big Does a SSD Need To Be For Windows 8.1?


    Would a 128 GB SSD be plenty big enough to externally store Windows 8.1. I think it will speed things up.

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  2. #2


    Hello there dixieboy,you are gonna be just fine,you could even squeeze a couple of games in there,and boy will things speed up!
    Go.Buy.Now!
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  3. #3


    Uk
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    windows 8 pro


    I have a 64 gig ssd. and 8.1 64 bit uses about 23 gig with no big games or apps.
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    N. Calif
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    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 Pro (tablet), W10 (laptop)


    Quote Originally Posted by Nwdixieboy View Post
    Would a 128 GB SSD be plenty big enough to externally store Windows 8.1. I think it will speed things up.
    Externally Store? Did you mean internally? Windows doesn't support booting from an external drive.
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  5. #5


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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    yeah it would be big enough ,but storage seems a waste of a ssd drive
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  6. #6


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    Windows 8 Pro


    I think a 250 GB SSD is the sweet spot for Windows 8.1 plus most used programs.
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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    Quote Originally Posted by mwhals View Post
    I think a 250 GB SSD is the sweet spot for Windows 8.1 plus most used programs.
    agree, but in the first post OP says for storage.
    Would a 128 GB SSD be plenty big enough to externally store Windows 8.1, quoted from first post
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  8. #8


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    IMHO if you game go with 256 GB, it will save you from having to off load stuff to a spinner when you run out of space. I keep my Documents and Pictures etc on a separate drive but I like to run my games in full from the SSD. 128 GB just wasn't enough for my desktop PC. Now on my laptop, that I don't game on, 128 GB is plenty.

    I also don't get the "externally store Windows 8.1' bit?
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  9. #9


    Posts : 43
    Windows 8 Pro


    I use an SSD for Windows and programs. A hard drive is used for documents, music and videos. The reason is that SSDs fail without warning and hard drives often give audible warnings that they will fail. This warning gives time to get another replacement drive. It still doesn't replace back-ups.
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    That's why backup is so important.
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